Eagles Soar To KVC Title
Perfection is something almost impossible to reach but the Hartland wrestling team came as close as it gets in the KVC tournament this past weekend. The Eagles placed all 14 wrestlers in the top 4 becoming the first team in league history ever to accomplish that feat. Hartland also boasted another meet record in scoring 234 points a meet record. The dual champion (7-0) Novi was a distant second in the meet.
The tournament title gave the Eagles a share of the title. Hartland has now either won or shared the Conference title four of the last six years. The Eagles were led by four individual champions including Jim Bunn at 275. Bunn was leading 2-0 when he dislocated the shoulder of two-time champ Nick Slovan of Novi. At 125 Drew Hellner claimed his first KVC title by topping Brian Ong of Novi 8-1. Derek Nuhn at 130 capped a great career winning the championship over Mike Chambers in a thriller 9-5. Hartland’s final champion of the day was Steve Steckroth at 152 who topped South Lyon’s Steve Lewis 6-0 to give the Junior his second title.
Four other Hartland grapplers also reached the finals before falling. Steve Johnson at 112 just missed a title falling in overtime to JR Muldoon of Novi on a more than questionable call that the entire crowd disapproved of. Defending 119 champ Shawn Petitpren lost a close 8-7 battle and Bill Pare’ just missed a title a 140 as well. Brett McManaman 135 was the Eagles other finalist.
Hartland had four other wrestlers come back to finish in third place, but the most impressive was Steve Storey at 189. Storey entered the meet the fourth seed and survived a tough 1-0 bout in the match to place before topping Matt Kolich of Novi 3-1 in a match that went to the 30 second tie breaker. Gabe Chevrier 103, Jeff Strong 160, and Shane Begoske 215, also placed third for the Eagles. Joe Tulip 171 and Marc Nelson 145 each placed fourth to make 14 placers a league record.
** Go to the 2000 - 2001 results for full coverage of the KVC tournament at Howell.